The drive to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is a very enjoyable journey. Some people may ask, where is Ardnamurchan? Well, its on the west coast and right of Oban and Fort William. Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and Ardnamurchan Point is located at the edge of one of Scotland’s most beautiful areas. Especially if you enjoy the great outdoors. However, it is mostly single track road. You need to also be alert for the wildlife as they wander freely and request the utmost care, respect and patience when driving.
Depending where you are traveling from, whether you have come over from the east at Oban or Fort William via Strontian. Or, down from the north (the Road to the Isles) from Mallaig, the white sands of Morar or Glenfinnan Monument and The Viaduct. Once you get to the pretty village Salen, it is one single track road all the way. To the lighthouse, is around 26 miles, but you should allow 1.5 to 2 hours to get there. The drive to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is a journey to enjoy … not rush !!
Stop off at Ardnamurchan Distillery
After Salen you will find the road meanders along Loch Sunart and occasional it rises up and down offering great views along the way. About a mile and half after Glenborrodale Castle, you will arrive at the Ardnamurchan Distillery. Well worth a stop if you have time, and if you like whisky. Adnamurchan Distillery is Scotland’s newest, greenest, most westerly mainland distillery.
Shortly after the distillery, the road will begin to climb and takes you away from the coast. When you get to the top, your will enjoy the view across Loch Mudle and out over the ocean to the Isle of Eigg, Muck and Rum. But the best is yet to come. About half a mile past the end of the loch, the view on your right is spectacular. Looking down the valley to the coastline and towards Kilmoray and Fascadale. In the background, the islands and on the right, is the edge of Skye. Please remember passing places are not for parking and abandoning your car.
Continue along B8007 and follow the road to the left for Kilchoan. Now you start to drop back down. Before you get to Kilchoan, on the left is the road to catch the Calmac Ferry that takes you to picturesque Tobermory on the Isle of Mull where you can visit historic Duart Castle. From Kilchoan, there is only a pretty 6 miles of driving to go. Keep your eyes open as you do need to turn left. It is signed “Lighthouse” or “Taigh Solais” if you have picked up the local language.
When you near the edge of Ardnamurchan Point, you will start to see the top of the lighthouse on the horizon. Soon after this you will have a rather unusual surprise in store. Traffic Lights. Yes, traffic lights.
That’s because the road hugs the rock edge around to the lighthouse and is only the width of one vehicle. Monaco streets in Scotland!! Parked up, pop into the Coffee Shop if you want to visit the Exhibition Centre and climb the lighthouse as you will need to purchase your tickets there. Important to note, to get to the the top section of the lighthouse is two vertical sets of steps. If you have mobility issues, check with the staff.
The views from Ardnamurchan Lighthouse
The pleasant staff in the coffee shop serves great coffee and other assorted beverages, cakes and snacks. There are some areas to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and the view. If you take a walk on to the rock area between the coffee shop and the lighthouse, there is a chance you will see whales and dolphins. The views from Ardnamurchan Lighthouse are amazing, especially on a clear day. Actually, the views from Ardnamurchan Point are. You may even see the odd deer strolling across the rugged coastline.
So have your camera and/or binoculars at the ready. On the horizon you will see the Hebridean islands of Skye, Muck, Eigg and Rum.